Could I build a wardrobe made entirely of coats, shoes, and handbags, I most certainly would. In the world of fashion, they number among my favorite things, and with each new season I fight the urge to buy every piece that strikes my fancy. In bags this fall I’m showing restraint, narrowing my must-haves down to a mere four.
The Burgundy Satchel
A shade both classic and eye-catching, a burgundy bag in a just-big-enough size will work in a wardrobe for years. Check out Rebecca Minkoff for some particularly rich offerings.
The Playful Print
A pattern-free wardrobe (ahem, my closet) will appreciate the update that comes with a playful print bag, like the leopard Jerome Dreyfuss pictured.
The Utilitarian Tote
Finding a good carryall that works for work and play can be a daunting task, but this season, the likes of Lauren Merkin, Tory Burch, and Diane von Furstenberg are making it feel markedly easier.
The Petite Pouch
Taking one of those big bags out for drinks with friends? Not practical. A mini cross-body bag from 3.1 Phillip Lim is hands-free and effortlessly chic.